Goalkeeper Liam Reddy was the big winner at the Central Coast Mariners 2014 Medal Dinner held at Kooindah Waters, Wyong on Friday night.
The 32-year-old custodian took home both the 2014 Mariners Medal and the 2014 Central Coast Mariners Official Supporters Club Player of the Year Award in recognition of his stellar first season between the sticks for the yellow and navy.
Reddy linked with the Mariners in August 2013 after a stint with Sydney United 58 in the New South Wales State League.
After making his Hyundai A-League debut for the Club in round five of season nine of Australia’s top flight, the former Esteghlal shot-stopper went on to make 31 appearances for the Mariners, keeping nine clean sheets.
A total of seven awards were presented at the 2014 Mariners Medal Dinner, with midfielder Anthony Caceres feted with the inaugural Noel Spencer Goal of the Year Award.
Caceres’ Round 16 stunner against Newcastle Jets in a 3-0 F3 Derby triumph was voted as the top strike of the season via visitors to the Club’s official website, combined with guests present at the event.
Bernie Ibini collected the Club’s Golden Boot Award for the second time in three seasons. Ibini netted six goals throughout the Club’s 2013/14 Hyundai A-League campaign after returning to the Mariners on loan from Shanghai SIPG in January.
Midfielder Jesse Curran was awarded the Club’s Foxtel National Youth League Player of the Year Award after his outstanding performances in Australia’s premier youth competition. Curran’s skill and potential earned him an invite to train full time with the Club’s first team throughout last season.
Meanwhile, foundation Mariners first teamer and former community/youth development officer Damien Brown was recognised with the John Hutchinson Club Person of the Year Award (formerly the Chairman's Award). Brown left direct employment with the Club in 2013 to commence a full time role with the Club’s school partner (International Football School), however still regularly donates his time to the Club and champions the Mariners brand in the community.
And the dedicated Melissa Woods picked up the first gong of the evening, the Club’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Woods has given her time to the Club for three years, and acts as Crew Leader to ensure effective communication and management between volunteers and the Club for Hyundai A-League, AFC Champions League, and Foxtel National Youth League matchdays.
Moreover, Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss made a significant football department announcement at the Club’s Awards night.
Moss confirmed that foundation player Adam Kwasnik will be transitioning into a youth and community development role with the Club.
Kwasnik played 158 competitive matches for the Mariners between 2005 and 2013, and scored 42 goals. He was a member of two Hyundai A-League Premiership campaigns with the Club, and won the Hyundai A-League Championship with the yellow and navy in 2013.
Further information regarding Kwasnik’s role with the Club will be released over the coming week.
Central Coast Mariners 2014 Award Winners
- Mariners Medal: Liam Reddy
- John Hutchinson Club Person of the Year: Damien Brown
- Golden Boot: Bernie Ibini (Six Hyundai A-League Goals)
- Noel Spencer Goal of the Year: Anthony Caceres (Round 16 vs. Newcastle Jets)
- Foxtel National Youth League Player of the Year: Jesse Curran
- Central Coast Mariners Official Supporters Club Player of the Year: Liam Reddy
- Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Woods